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The Leaders Performance Institute has long coveted Jill Ellis as a potential Performance cover star and, as we begin 2020, there is no better time.
Ellis recently walked away from her position as Head Coach of the United States women’s national soccer team having secured back to back World Cup triumphs.
As the global profile of women’s football grows, so does the levels of structure and professionalism that surround the game. Ellis has found herself at the vanguard of coaches leading the sport towards a bright future. It’s a future she’ll spend away from the United States team but her legacy was sealed on that triumphant night at the Stade de Lyon back in July.
That achievement also led her to London in October where just days after her final outing with the USWNT she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Leaders Sports Awards.
Performance spied its opportunity and Ellis found a moment in her hectic schedule to speak about her career to date, from formative experiences as a rookie head coach at the University of Illinois right through to the intense public glare of leading the USWNT.
And to think that back in the early 1990s women’s football’s most recognisable coach was almost lost to the world of computer manuals.
Elsewhere in this edition, Joe Montemurro, another coach making impressive strides in women’s football, tells Performance how he hopes to prepare his Arsenal side for their Women’s Super League title defence. Beyond football, we hear from the Australian Institute of Sport’s Matti Clements on her work as Deputy Director of Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement, while Ryan Murray of the Texas Rangers and Ameet Shetty, once of SunTrust Bank, discuss how data is currently driving decision-making in baseball and banking alike. To round things off, we bring you bestselling author Matthew Syed discussing the competitive advantage offered by developing cognitive diversity in your organisations.
There’s something for everyone in our 20th edition and, as always, we hope you find a spark of inspiration for your next project.